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Therapy for Teens Orlando

Therapy for Teens Orlando

Therapy for teens Orlando and what would be the benefits for teens to see a therapist? You may be scratching your head wondering what is going on with your teen inside that head of his or hers. It’s hard as a parent to understand what really matters to a teen. With all of the pressures they face today its no wonder that reports show an increase in anxiety, drug use and depression. What you may not know is that teens often do not know how to verbalize their thoughts or choose not to because they are afraid of being judged or looked at funny.

Therapy for Teens Orlando

The Schools

Many parents rely on the schools to identify if your child or teen needs support. Yes they provide counseling at schools but this is far less than if your teen were to seek help outside by a private therapist that specializes in counseling for teens. A school counselor is utilized best for immediate crisis or behavioral issues then often times referred out for ongoing therapy to address the issues at hand. How can one school counselor really be effective with over 800 to 1000 students. Teens feel overlooked and unseen. They go silent.

Therapy for Teens Orlando
Therapy for Teens Orlando

Many parents rely on the schools to identify if your child or teen needs support. Yes they provide counseling at schools but this is far less than if your teen were to seek help outside by a private therapist that specializes in counseling for teens. A school counselor is utilized best for immediate crisis or behavioral issues then often times referred out for ongoing therapy to address the issues at hand. How can one school counselor really be effective with over 800 to 1000 students. Teens feel overlooked and unseen. They go silent.

Therapy for Teens Orlando

How to Tell if Your Teen is Depressed

  • Is your teen irritable more days than not? At the minimum two days a week?
  • Do you see a decrease or loss in interest in the things that your teen once really loved or enjoyed?
  • Your teen is eating less or more. Maybe their sleeping habits have changed?
  • Is your teen displaying very little energy and motivation. They seem to not want to do much or engage with the family like they once did.
  • Has your teen expressed feeling worthless, helpless, defeated. Maybe they mention a feeling of fear for the future. They are uncertain and this increases their anxiety.
  • Are you seeing a decrease in grades. Your teen is less able to concentrate and focus on task.
  • Has your teen ever expressed that he or she has contemplated suicide or had thoughts of “not wanting to be here”? If this is the case then it is crucial you find help immediately for your teen by a mental health counselor.

Therapy for Teens Orlando

Helping kids get treatment

There are teens who will want the help of a therapist when you ask. Other teens will refuse and find it awkward to talk to a stranger about difficult life issues. It’s your role as a parent to help them understand how therapy can be a support for them. Letting them know that the information shared is confidential is key. If they feel that the therapist will do nothing but report back to the parents what is said in therapy then they will feel resistant

Teens need to feel a sense of autonomy. They need a bias third party person to help work with them as a coach, therapist and someone who is only looking out for their well being. You might try this approach: Say to your teen, “I sense that you are having a difficult time right now. I also understand that you may not feel you can open up to me. I do have some ideas if your willing to listen and be open about them. Would you like to hear them?”

Your teen may tell you they are not open to listening to you and what you have to say. Just give them space and tell them you will give them that space. They appreciate the validation of their feelings.

Therapy for Teens Orlando

Let Your Teen Find the Right Therapist Instead of You

Do your homework as a parent and find three to four therapist you think would be a good fit for your teen. Then without pushing the issue, gently suggest that you have found a few that you would like them to look over and if they want, choose one they feel is their best fit.

There are several therapist out there that claim to work with adolescents but do not have the slightest idea how to relate and meet their needs. Counseling teen has been my passion for over 15 years. Why has it been my passion? Because I was a troubled teen my self. I was irritable, felt unseen and unheard. Lost at times and did not have the avenue or opportunity to see a therapist. With so many wonderful resources today for teens we can help them. It’s all about building their trust and letting them know that they are seen, heard and validated.

Therapy for Teens Orlando

Get Help Now

Seek therapy for teens Orlando today and start the process of healing for your teen. Don’t let them suffer in silence. It is hard for them to navigate the process of finding a therapist and even asking for help. If you are unsure how to reach your child to start the process, then come in yourself so you can learn the tools to reach them. It is possible.

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